Experience the best Metro Vancouver Christmas events, light displays and markets.
This useful winter family-fun 2020 Best Christmas Events and Holiday Lights Guide for Metro Vancouver will help you make the most of the festive season.
The holiday season may be different and reimagined for 2020, but it will still be magical.

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Vancouver Christmas Events

Province-wide public health order is in effect from November 19, 2020 at midnight to December 7, 2020 at midnight. All BC residents are to avoid non-essential travel within the Metro Vancouver, Fraser Valley, Sea-to-Sky, and Sunshine Coast areas. Further restrictions announced mean some Christmas events will delay opening.
For more information see the regional travel restrictions.

Vancouver, the Fraser Valley and the Sea-to-Sky region make the perfect winter holiday destination with lots of fun festive activities for all ages.
Experience the dazzling light displays throughout the area.
Always dress for the weather to make your experience warm and cozy. It can be chilly, icy and wet. Good waterproof footwear, such as boots, should be worn along with winter gloves, hats, scarves and coats.

Please leave your pets at home, as most  attractions do not allow animals.

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Here are some of the best offerings for winter fun in Metro Vancouver. Check back here often for changes and watch for more Christmas lights and holiday events as announcements are made.

Discover more – enjoy the natural beauty of the scenic walking trails of Campbell Valley Regional Park, in Langley, explore historic Westham Island and one of the oldest bridges in BC. and Top things to do Sea to Sky Highway, one of the most scenic drives in North America.

COVID-19

Before heading out to your favourite Metro Vancouver festive holiday fun activity, check their websites listed below for the latest COVID-19 updates.

Health and safety regulations are constantly evolving during the coronavirus pandemic, making it necessary for events to make adjustments.

Keep your family and others safe and healthy by wearing a face mask, social distancing and using hand sanitizer.

Remember that this year most holiday attractions require online registration to save your spot and wearing a face mask is mandatory.

2020 Vancouver Christmas Lights and Events

Take a COVID-friendly drive or walk through the streets of downtown Vancouver to find all the beautiful Christmas light displays.

Best Vancouver Christmas lights on display in downtown Vancouver. Photo: Melanie Lomond

Best Vancouver Christmas lights on display in downtown Vancouver. Photo: Melanie Lomond

Lights of Hope St. Paul’s Hospital

Don’t miss the spectacular Lights of Hope display in front of St. Paul’s Hospital.  Watch the virtual livestream of this festive tradition at home or enjoy it as you walk or drive by.

Purchase your own limited edition Hope at Home star lantern to show your support of our dedicated health care workers in the community.

Donations can be made onsite or online to support Providence Health Care hospitals.

Location: 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver.

PNE Winter Lights – A Magical Journey to Santa

Activities: Take a journey to find Santa on a 2-km drive-thru sparkling light display. Venture through nine different magical lands as you explore the Merry Bright Forest, Polar North, Candy Cane Lane, Dreamland, and more.
Admission: Carloads of 4 or less $39, Carloads of 5 or more $49
Tickets: Purchase tickets in advance for the specific day and time slot. Buy now.
Hours: December 11-13 and 17-23, 2020 from 4 pm – to 9:30 pm.
Location: PNE Grounds
Website: PNE Winter Lights

One of the best Vancouver holiday light displays can be found at the PNE's Winter Lights. Photo: Courtesy PNE

One of the best Vancouver holiday light displays can be found at the PNE’s Winter Lights. Photo: Courtesy PNE

Lumière

Lumière is an incredible series of interactive light displays at two locations in Vancouver’s West End. This is the 7th year the event has illuminated the area.

Activities: Seven stunning art and light displays honouring British Columbia’s wildlife community. Come see the 24-foot-tall grizzly bear.
Admission: Free for all to enjoy with COVID-19 social distancing. Find out about the Stay-cation hotel promotion during the November dates.
Hours: November 5 – 30, 2020. Best viewed after sunset. Some installations will stay through the winter months.
Location: English Bay, 1800 Morton Avenue, near the public art display of the giant laughing statues; and Jim Deva Plaza, 1200 Bute Street
Website: Lumière

One of seven stunning art and light displays honouring British Columbia's wildlife community. Photo: Courtesy of

One of seven stunning art and light displays honouring British Columbia’s wildlife community. Photo: Courtesy of Lumière,

VanDusen Festival of Lights – delayed opening

Vancouver’s VanDusen Festival of Lights features more than one million shimmering lights in the botanical garden.

Activities: The 45-minute experience follows the one way path through a magical wonderland with themed areas. Enjoy holiday music. There is no carousel ride or Santa this year.
Admission: 3 years and under: Free; Age 4-12, $8, Seniors and youth, $10; Adults 19-64, $10. Service fees and taxes are extra.
Tickets: A maximum of six tickets for people in your bubble may be purchased. Tickets must be bought in advance for all members of your party including children 3 years and under. Buy tickets online.

Hours: Open December 8, 2020 and runs until Sunday, January 3, 2021 from 4:00 pm through until last entry 8:30-9 pm daily. Sold out: December 5, 12, and 19.
Closed December 25, 2020.
Location: 5251 Oak St at West 37th Avenue.
Email: info@ticketleader.ca
Phone: 604-252-3700
Website: Vancouver VanDusen Festival of Lights

Best Metro Vancouver Christmas Events and holiday lights VanDusen Gardens Festival of Lights

Best Metro Vancouver Christmas Events and holiday lights VanDusen Gardens Festival of Lights. A spectacular Christmas light display at Livingston Lake. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Best Metro Vancouver Christmas Events and holiday lights VanDusen Gardens Festival of Lights

Best Metro Vancouver Christmas Events and holiday lights VanDusen Gardens Festival of Lights. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr©

Bright Nights Christmas Train Stanley Park – Delayed opening

The Stanley Park Bright Nights Christmas train has been creating memories for 23 years. The full light display is not possible this year. Santa will be here and the plaza will not be lit.

Activities: Board the Bright Lights Train for a ride through the magic forest filled with sparkling lights and festive displays. Singalong with popular carols.
Admission: Ages 3+ $10 plus taxes and service fees. Children 2 and under free but must have a ticket.
Tickets: There are capacity restrictions. Advance online ticket sales only. Only ticket holders will be allowed at the attraction. Arrive 30 minutes in advance at the entrance. Latecomers will not be allowed. Buy tickets. “Ticket holders for November 26 to December 7 will have their tickets automatically refunded by TicketLeader. Refunds take 10 to 14 days to appear in credit card statements.”
Hours: Delayed opening now December 7, 2020 to January 3, 2021. 4 pm – 10 pm. The train runs every 20 mins with the last train departing at 9:40 pm.
Closed December 25, 2020.
Location: Use the West Georgia Street park entrance and go to Pipeline Road in Stanley Park. Parking is free in the main lot across the street.
Email: stanleyparktrain@vancouver.ca
Phone: 604-257-8531
Website: https://vancouver.ca/parks-recreation-culture/bright-nights-train.aspx

Granville Island Festive Christmas and Holiday Lights

Activities: Wander through the fresh air of almost 40 acres of Granville Island to see the light displays. Takeout hot drinks and treats available and other food options with patios.
Admission: There is no admission and parking is temporarily free. No groups or gatherings of more than six.
Hours: November 12, 2020 – January 3, 2021 from sunset to 10 pm. daily.
Closed: All businesses including Granville Island Market are closed on December 25 and 26, 2020 but lights will be on.
Location: 1661 Duranleau St.
Website: Granville Island

Fly Like Santa at Fly Over Canada

Activities: Fly with Santa on a magical Christmas journey across Canada and up to the North Pole.  Masks are mandatory.
Admission: Buy tickets online and save. Ticket prices vary by day but start from: Adults: $23 Children: $13 up to age 12 and at least 102 cm / 40 inches tall and senior/student: $17
Hours: November 19 – January 3, 2021.
Location: 999 Canada Place, Vancouver
Phone: 1-855-463-4822
Website: https://www.flyovercanada.com/

Burnaby Christmas Lights and Events

Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village Museum – cancelled

Activities: Event cancelled. Check back for the 2021 holiday season. Walk through the 1920s village adorned with dazzling lights and vintage-themed displays. The gift shop and carousel will remain closed.
Location: 6501 Deer Lake Avenue, Burnaby just off Canada Way.
Phone: 604-297-4565
Website: Burnaby Village Museum

One of the best Metro Vancouver holiday events is a trip to experience a Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village. Photo: Melanie Lomond©

One of the best Metro Vancouver holiday events is a trip to experience a Heritage Christmas at Burnaby Village. Photo: Melanie Lomond©

Vintage storefronts at Burnaby Village is one of the best Metro Vancouver Christmas lights and events. Photo: Melanie Lomond

Vintage storefronts at Burnaby Village is one of the best Metro Vancouver Christmas lights and events. Photo: Melanie Lomond

North Vancouver Christmas Lights and Events

Park & Tilford Holiday Hi-Light Festival – Cancelled

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge – Delayed opening

Activities: Journey through a magical festive light display in a rainforest high above the Capilano River Canyon. Cross the glowing suspension bridge, walk along the Cliffwalk and through the “Arc de Lumina” light tunnel. The world’s eighth tallest Christmas tree is found at the Treetops Adventure.
Admission: Partial proceeds will be donated to support the BC Professional Fire Fighter’s Association
Tickets: All tickets must be purchased in advance with a designated entry date and time. Buy tickets here.
Hours: December 8, 2020 and until Sunday, January 3, 2021 from 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm daily.
Closed December 25, 2020.
Location: Capilano Suspension Bridge Park, 3735 Capilano Road, North Vancouver. Free shuttle is available from Canada Place.
Email: info@capbridge.com
Phone: 604-985-7474
Website: Capilano Suspension Bridge Canyon Lights

Some of the best Vancouver Christmas lights can be found at Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Some of the best Vancouver Christmas lights can be found at Capilano Suspension Bridge, North Vancouver. Courtesy photo.

One of the many Metro Vancouver Christmas Events - Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver.

One of the many Metro Vancouver Christmas Events – Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver, the Arc de Lumina on the Cliffwalk. Courtesy photo.

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge. Take a walk on the u-shaped bridge one of the best Vancouver holiday events

Canyon Lights at Capilano Suspension Bridge. Take a walk on the u-shaped bridge one of the best Vancouver holiday events. Courtesy photo.

Light Walk and the Peak of Christmas on Grouse Mountain

Activities: Ice skate on a mountaintop pond. Take a sparkling Light Walk through the snow surrounded by firs around Blue Grouse Lake. Go through a tunnel of light. More details are pending.
Admission: Pending
Tickets: Pending
Hours: November 20 – January 3, 2021.
Closed December 25, 2020.
Location: Grouse Mountain
Phone: 604-980-9311
Website: Grouse Mountain Light Walk

Best Vancouver Christmas Holiday Lights - Light Walk brightens the night at the top of Grouse Mountain. Photo: Courtesy Grouse Mountain.

Best Vancouver Christmas Holiday Lights – Light Walk brightens the night at the top of Grouse Mountain. Photo: Courtesy Grouse Mountain

West Vancouver Christmas Light Displays 2020

Dundarave Festival of Lights

The Forest of Miracles expanded this year to illuminate the waterfront of West Vancouver, from Grosvenor Ambleside Galleria, moving west to Millennium Park and then to the original site at Dundarave Beach.

Stroll along the sea walk to see the beautiful light displays. Be sure to stop at the Dundarave Nativity scene created by two master carvers, Bill Seminoff and Frank Carius.

The forest, planted by West Vancouver firefighters is sponsored and decorated by families, community groups and businesses to raise funds for the Lookout Society‘s North Shore Shelter.

Make a donation or sponsor a tree to help support the needs of homeless people.

Location: Grosvenor Ambleside Galleria, Millennium Park and Dundarave Beach, West Vancouver waterfront.

Website: Dundarave Festival of Lights

Richmond Christmas Lights and Events

Winter in the Village in Steveston

Activities: Explore the decorated historic sites of Richmond’s charming waterfront village of Steveston.
Dates: December 1 – 31, 2020
Location: Steveston Village
Website: Visit Richmond

Metro Vancouver Christmas Events - Richmond's Festival of Trees Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Photo: Tourism Richmond

Metro Vancouver Christmas Events – Richmond’s Festival of Trees Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site. Photo: Tourism Richmond

Steveston Festival of Trees, Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site

Activities: Stroll through a forest of decorated trees inside the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site.
Admission: Adults $11.90, Youth (0-17) free, Seniors (65+) $10.20
Hours: December 1 – 24, 2020, 10 am – 5 pm.
Location: 12138 Fourth Avenue in Steveston Village.
Phone: 604-664-9009
Website: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site

Vancouver Christmas Lights in Richmond at Steveston Village. Photo: Tourism Richmond

Vancouver Christmas Lights in Richmond at Steveston Village. Photo: Tourism Richmond

Coquitlam Christmas Lights and Events

Lights at Lafarge

Lights at Lafarge is one of the best free displays. Sadly this event is cancelled and will not take place this year.

Maple Ridge Christmas Lights and Events

Timberline Country Christmas

The Timberline Country Christmas event has been cancelled for 2020.

Glow Maple Ridge

Activities: Downtown Maple Ridge turns into a magical wonderland of lights and outdoor activities with a feel of an old-fashioned Christmas Village. Take a walk through Memorial Peace Park to see the light tunnel, decorated trees, hear festive music and more.
Admission: Free
Hours: November 27, 2020 – January 8, 2021.
Website: Glow Maple Ridge

Surrey Christmas Lights and Events

Potters Christmas Store

Activities: Come browse western Canada’s largest Christmas store offering 60,000 themed ornaments and intricate whimsical displays covering 28,000 square feet. Explore the Enchanted Fairy Garden, marvel at the 30 decorated trees, upside-down Bee Tree, Ice Cream Tree, Whoville, the Dark Room.
Admission: Free
Hours: Open November through Christmas Eve. Monday and Tuesday 9 am-6 pm, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9 am- 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am – 6 pm.
Location: 19158 48th Avenue, Surrey
Email: 192general@potters.ca
Phone: 604-576-5011
Website: Potters Christmas Store 

Winterfest and Christmas Train at Bear Creek Park

Activities: Closed for 2020
Website: Bear Creek Christmas Train

Surrey Tree Lighting Festival

This year’s Surrey Tree Lighting Festival will be a virtual event.

Watch from the comfort of your home as Santa and Mrs. Claus host the event, which includes the lighting of Surrey’s 60-foot Christmas tree, followed by entertainment from a variety of local performers, dance groups, choirs and more.

Shop at the Virtual Market to help support local business.

Time: November 21, 2020 at 5:00 pm – 7:30 pm.
Location: Attend the event on Facebook Live or YouTube Live 
Website: Surrey Tree Lighting Festival

White Rock Christmas Lights and Events

White Rock Festival of Lights

White Rock’s waterfront is transformed into a twinkling wonderland. Drive along Marine Drive or walk along the waterfront, pier and promenade area. There are plans to add an artificial skating rink, Magic Meadow and two 30-foot Christmas trees.

Dates: November 28 – January 9, 2021, 2020

Website: White Rock Festival of Lights

Langley Christmas Lights and Events

Glow Langley at Milner Village Garden Centre

Glow at the Langley Zoo has been cancelled and all ticket holders will automatically refunded.

Langley’s Christmas Glow is back to its original location at Milner Village Garden Centre. It will be a 15-minute drive-though, contactless adventure of dazzling landscapes of almost one million lights. Elves greet you at the gate. You will be handed a glow souvenir ornament, mini-doughnuts and popcorn. There is a 100-foot animated light tunnel, holiday fairytale princesses and Santa will recognize all the children in their car and more.

Admission: The Car Pass is valid for one vehicle with a maximum 7 people total. $29.99
Tickets: Buy tickets online.
Hours: November 26, 2020 – January 2, 2021 from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm daily.
Closed December 24 and 25, 2020.
Location: Milner Village Garden Centre, 6690 216th Street, Langley.
Website: Glow Gardens Langley

See some of the best Christmas Lights Vancouver at Glow Langley. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr

See some of the best Christmas Lights Vancouver has to offer at Glow Langley. This picture was taken from the 2018 Glow event. Photo: Wendy Nordvik-Carr

Dancing at Glow in Langley in 2018 – Best Christmas Events in Metro Vancouver

Christmas in Williams Park

Activities: Christmas at Williams Park has been a holiday tradition since 1991.  Drive through a magical light display in your own vehicle event only.
Admission: Free, but donations gratefully accepted to help with maintaining display costs.
Hours: December 7 – December 20, 2020 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
Location: 238 Street and 68 Avenue, Langley
Website: Christmas in Williams Park Society

Christmas Tree Farms

Enjoy a farm-fresh outing while making cherished family memories with a visit to one of the many Christmas trees farms in the Langley area.

Farms offer a selection of U-Cut, fresh cut and live Christmas trees.

There will be lots of great photo opportunities.

You are encouraged to bring your own handsaw if you plan to U-Cut. If you don’t have one, sanitized handsaws will be supplied. Axes and power saws are not allowed.

Try to avoid peak hours on weekends between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm.

One of the best holiday events in Metro Vancouver is to cut your own Christmas tree. Photo: Melanie Lomond

Making family memories. One of the best holiday events in Metro Vancouver is to cut your own Christmas tree. Photo: Melanie Lomond

Aldor Acres Christmas Trees

Activities:  Select a Christmas tree, visit the seasonal market and see the farm animals display.
Dates: November 28 – December 20, 2020.  Weekdays: 10 am -7 pm,  Weekends: 9 am to 5 pm.
Location: 8249-252 Street, Langley
Email: info@aldoracreschristmastrees.
Phone: 604-888-4483
Website: Aldor Acres Christmas Trees

Dogwood Christmas Tree Farm

Activities: Select a Christmas tree from the 18-acre farm or pick up fresh holly, boughs, and wreathes.
Dates: Opens November 28, 2020. Weekday and weekends:  9 am – 4 pm.
Location: 8589 252 Street, Fort Langley
Phone: 604-888-9161
Website: Dogwood Christmas Tree Farm

Frosty’s Christmas Tree Farm

Activities: Enjoy the festive ambience, listen to Christmas carols, pick out a Christmas tree,
Hours: Opens November 28, 2020.  U-Cut: 9 am – 4:30 pm; Fresh Cut: 9 am – 7:30 pm.
Location: 24488 52nd Avenue, Langley
Website: Frosty’s Christmas Tree Farm

Mission Christmas Lights and Events

Mission Candlelight Parade

Activities: Drive along Mission Raceway Park to view themed floats and a visit from Santa.
Admission: $10 per carload. The number of people in the car can not exceed legal limits. RCMP will be onsite.
Tickets: Available online here.
Hours: December 4 and 5, 2020 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.
Location: Mission Raceway, 32670 Dyke Rd, Mission
Website: Mission Chamber of Commerce

Harrison Hot Springs Christmas Lights and Events

Harrison Lights on the Lake

More details to be announced.

December, 2020 – January 28, 2021.

Website: Harrison Lights on the Lake

Squamish Christmas Lights and Events

Light Up the District of Squamish

Activities: Various zones in the Squamish area will have a festive light display to enjoy. A special website and map will offer the locations in Brackendale, Britannia Beach, Garibaldi Village, Sea to Sky Gondola, downtown Squamish and more. Watch for more details to be announced.
November 25 – December 31, 2020.

Whistler Christmas Lights and Events

Light up the Village

The snow-covered village transforms into a winter wonderland of shimmering lights with 5,000 strings of lights and 289 trees lit with 7,000 lights each.

Festive holiday lights can be found along the Village Stroll, Whistler Way, Main Street,  Lorimer Road, Village Gate Boulevard, Town Plaza and the Olympic Plaza.
Dates: November 26, 2020 – January, 2021.
Website: Tourism Whistler

Whistler Christmas Lights is one of the best places to enjoy the festive holidays near Metro Vancouver. Photo: Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova

Whistler Christmas Lights in the Village near the Olympic Plaza. Whistler is one of the best places to be to enjoy the festive holidays near Metro Vancouver. Photo: Tourism Whistler/Justa Jeskova

Winter Lumina

Activities: A fantastic multimedia light show of hidden wonders with a 1.5 km walk through the forest.
Admission: Ages 16+, $29.99; Youth Ages 6-15, $24.99, Age 5 and under free.
Tickets: Save up to 20% if booked by December 1 on select dates if booked through Tourism Whistler.
Hours: November 27, 2020 – April, 2021. Hours vary with start times from 5 pm
Location: Self-drive to Cougar Mountain Base Camp north of Whistler Village. The drive takes about eight minutes.
Email: info@vallealumina.com
Phone: 1-833-800-8480
Website: Vallea Lumina

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Here are some of the best offerings for winter fun in Metro Vancouver. Check back here often for changes and watch for more Christmas lights and holiday events as announcements are made.

Discover more – enjoy the natural beauty of the scenic walking trails of Campbell Valley Regional Park, in Langley, explore historic Westham Island and one of the oldest bridges in BC.

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